Three shootings in Milwaukee leave 21 injured, mayor declares state of emergency

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As fans left the Fiserv Forum following the Milwaukee Bucks' Game 6 loss on Friday, 17 people were wounded as bullets went flying in a mass shooting nearby, according to Milwaukee police.

The Milwaukee Police Department shared that the shooting occurred just blocks away from the arena at around 11 p.m., which could have been a lot worse with thousands of fans leaving the game.

Those injured were aged 15 to 47, and all are expected to survive their injuries, according to a news release from police.

There have been 10 people taken into custody in relation to the shooting, and police said that nine firearms had been recovered.

But this wasn't the only shooting to take place on Friday night.

During a news conference on Saturday, police said that at 9 p.m., three people were injured in non-fatal shootings, and at 10:30 p.m., one person was shot and injured.

Police shared that one person was in custody from the 9 p.m. shooting, but no one from the 10:30 p.m. shooting had been arrested. Police also noted that it is not believed that the shootings are connected.

Cavalier Johnson, the mayor of Milwaukee, has placed the city in a state of emergency, with a city-wide curfew for anyone under the age of 21 from Sunday at 11 p.m. to Monday at 5:30 a.m., with violators facing fines of $691.

The Bucks released a statement on the shooting, calling them "horrific" and canceling the team's iconic watch party for Sunday's Game 7 on the plaza.

"We are grateful to local law enforcement for its valiant efforts to try to contain what was a dangerous and fluid situation. While these incidents took place outside of Deer District property, it clearly resonated with fans coming out of the arena and leaving the plaza," the statement said. "Security, health and welfare are always our top priorities for our guests and employees, and we appreciate the hard work of our security team to keep our fans safe."